The Rockets will have one less nationally televised game than originally scheduled this season.

ESPN has bumped the Jan. 8 meeting between the Rockets and the Lakers from its lineup. That game will be at the Toyota Center at 7 p.m.

In its place, ESPN will air Phoenix and Minnesota.

The Lakers vs. Rockets matchup was a highly anticipated one because it was to be the first meeting on the floor of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard since Howard left the Lakers after one season last year.